Everyone has advice today for Trump. He’s got a whole world of “advisors”, from average citizens to media to the Republican Party, to his actual advisors that were hired by Trump himself.
Of that list, many are offering “advice” of the type that kids do to each other in course of a prank. Like a brother saying to another, “Taste this. It’s really good”, as he hands him a cookie that fell in the cat’s litter box.
Trump needs to say no to the cookies, even those offered by his closest advisors. While I have enormous respect and admiration for Kelly Ann Conway, her advice is bumped up against a machine too powerful, and her many years of experience are rooted in that machine and it’s traditions.
Example, she was lauded this morning on a talk show for saying that Lester Holt is “brilliant”. That strategy of flattering a “moderator” with a built in bias and hoping that will somehow melt him into integrity, is a page of the Rove blueprint from 2012.
Did ignoring the Pravda Plan in 2012 and “pressuring” the moderators in advance through expressions of “trust” result in “moderation” of bias by any “moderator”? Even after Crowley “planted evidence at the crime” scene, Rove continued that strategy and Romney faded til he was invisible during the last debate, and worse, on election night.
When you have a candidate with as unblemished a personal and professional record as Romney get stained by a lame remark about “binders full of women”, then you have a propaganda machine more fierce than false compliments.
How did Trump win the nomination? Was it through false compliments, or a refreshingly new tactic of honest, unflattering truths? Truths about the machine: the establishment of both parties, who failed to honor their word or commitment to their campaign promises, let alone the Constitution.
The truths about the issues with illegal immigrants, from porous borders to muslim refugees. The truths about the failures of the promises to black Americans. The truth about the GOP supported trade deals killing jobs.
The truths about the media and their collusion with the WH and Hillary. And the truths about her crimes and corruptions. He spoke these truths in the face of attacks from all sides, and within his own party, and the voters liked what they heard.
His appeal was, in part, not sounding like Romney, who’s most sincere compliments have been more for Obama than any other Republican running for President in recent times.
Trump sounded like us. He sounded like a citizen, not a politician. At Xerox we were trained to understand the “people buy from people who look like them”. Not literally, of course. It’s about feeling that there’s a commonality, a shared experience, shared concerns, and goal.
I saw myself in Trump, during his most brash moments, and saw my fellow citizens.
There’s so much gnawboning today, including Republicans, over how “nice” Trump should be, while no one is asking how “nice” Hillary should be. Why? Because having a double standard to even the score is the new feminism? That kind of woman doesn’t look like me.
Some in Trump’s “advisor” camp are trying to push the narrative of how “nice” he really is, in part to pressure him in advance to pull his punches. If he does that, he might not look like me anymore, or so many voters, who share his experience, concerns and goal.
The concerns are about an open border society that is leaving us economically weak and vulnerable to increased Islamic terrorist attacks, as part of a caliphate meant to destroy America. The concerns that the trillions of dollars in debt, the entitlement society, and the strangulations on the economy with no engine of growth will destroy America economically.
The concern that a Hillary Clinton presidency will usher in the destruction of America. It’s not too late. That destruction can be stopped. So the goal must be to stop Hillary Clinton.
And to stop her involves doing what he did to get to the stage tonight, and it wasn’t always “nice”. But neither is the machine. The machine will twist every word, take it out of context and call him all the names that define “deplorable” anyway.
Romney couldn’t have been “nicer” to Obama. And Crowley. McCain was nicer to Obama than his running mate, who was told to be nice, not be honest about who Obama was.
Nice won’t win tonight, and it won’t win in November. Because the advice to be “nice” means to hold back from these truths.
And there’s nothing nice about what’s ahead of us if Hillary takes the office. Because there’s nothing nice about Hillary.
I welcome your feedback. Tell me how wrong or right I am. But, be “nice”. LOL